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Electric Cars
(2007-08-09)
(wgvu) -
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - General Motors has signed an
agreement with a battery maker that could vault it ahead of Toyota
in the electric car race.
A123 Systems in Massachusetts already produces thousands of
lithium-ion batteries for use in cordless power tools, and it plans
to apply the technology to automobiles.
GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz says the deal, coupled with Toyota
delaying launches of lithium-ion hybrids for up to two years, could
give GM the lead in bringing the technology to market.
He says the lithium-ion battery being discussed by GM is
different than one that Toyota's using.
A123 expects to have the batteries ready for GM to test in
vehicles by October. GM still hopes to have an electric car on the
market by 2010.
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